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Bible Historiale
France, Paris, ca. 1415
MS M.394 fol. 177r

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Miniature in left column:
1) Zedekiah: blinded, and Zedekiah: Sons slain -- Seven helmeted soldiers stand behind Nebuchadnezzar, wearing crown and ermine-lined mantle, with purse at waist, with arms crossed beneath the mantle, beside man holding battleaxe in right hand. Man, wearing hat, with auger puts out eye of Zedekiah, wearing crown, kneeling with hands behind his back. At right, son of Zedekiah kneels before man, wearing turban, with sword raised. Scene in landscape with trees and hills.
Illustration of II Kings 25:07.
Miniature in right column:
2) Nebuchadnezzar: Destruction of Jerusalem -- Three helmeted soldiers, one holding lit torch, set fire to city of Jerusalem. At right, soldier adds wood (?) to fire at city gate.
Illustration of II Kings 25:08-17.
In upper, lower, left, and center margins, ivy-rinceaux foliate decoration.

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